About This Program
Food Safety FIRST is an online training
program for secondary science teachers that will help teachers
implement active food safety education lessons in their classrooms.
Learning activities in Food Safety FIRST encourage inquiry,
experimentation, and theory. As a result, your students can
gain important food safety knowledge, proper food handling
techniques, and valuable critical thinking skills.
is given to creating learning opportunities that encourage
your students to describe, investigate, and explain phenomena
and raise questions consistent with the National Science
Education Standards. You will use tools such as UMassOnline,
the Food Safety FIRST CD and Lab Kit as well as the Science
and Our Food Supply curriculum, to communicate with other
teachers enrolled in our modules, while implementing food
safety activities and experiments for classroom use.
Are Everywhere -
to increase knowledge and applications of
basic food safety concepts and skills as well as bacteriology and food
Handling Is a Risky Business -
to increase knowledge and
applications of bacteriology and food microbiology as they relate to safe
food handling at home and the workplace.
Time: Each of these modules will take
2-3 hours per week over five weeks in readings and lab experiments
performed at home or work, online discussions with your peers,
and web-based readings.
Cost: Each of these modules
are free. However, participants are asked to purchase the Food Safety FIRST CD-ROM with course resources and activities. Cost for the CD is $20 plus shipping and it contains resources for both modules. A special Food
Safety FIRST Lab Kit, which can be used for both for Bacteria Are
Everywhere and Food Handling is a Risky Business, is available for $34 plus shipping from Connecticut Valley Biological
Certificate: After you
complete a module, you will be able to purchase a certificate
of completion that can be used to document 15 hours of Professional
Development. Participants who complete
both modules along with additional activities may register
for graduate credits for an additional fee.
Technical Requirements: Participants
must have access to the Internet with a computer, modem or
high-speed Internet connection, e-mail, and communications
software such as Internet Explorer or Netscape, and have "Cookies" enabled on their browser. Click for more details.